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National alcohol strategy2 November, London

This year's Alcohol Concern annual conference, '20/20 vision: looking forward to a national alcohol strategy', focuses on proposals currently being developed in response to the government's commitment in the green paper Our Healthier Nation to tackle alcohol misuse. Details: Sara Porter, 0171-928 7377.

Clinical effectiveness3 November, Glasgow

Stobhill trust is holding a conference on 'Clinical effectiveness in the real world', aiming to increase understanding of the national and local influences underlying the growing focus on clinical effectiveness and to show how this translates into practice in a busy acute hospital. Details: Kerry McKenzie, 0141-201 3682.

Primary care conference3-5 November, Harrogate

The National Association of Primary Care annual conference and exhibition on broadening horizons aims to provide a forum for answering questions on the development of primary care groups, their structure, operation and financial risk. Details: Maggie Marum or Ken Scott, 0171-6361677.

Mental health act4 November, Cardiff Cardiff Community Healthcare trust is organising a conference to debate the future role of the mental health act manager and discuss what lessons can be learnt from the Bournewood ruling. Details: Karen Lewis, 01222-556018.

PCGs4-5 November, Birmingham

'Ready for take off? Primary care groups in the New NHS' is a conference arranged by Birmingham University's health services management centre. Details: Joan Jones, 0121-414 3086.

More PCGs

4 November, London 5 November, Leeds 6 November, Birmingham

These seminars, looking at how community nurses and professions allied to medicine can make primary care groups work, have been organised by the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors Association and the MSF trade union. Details: Garth Halliday, 0171-717 4027.

Risk management5 November, near Stafford

AMT International and Sedgwick Ltd are holding a conference on risk management for NHS trust chief executives and senior managers.

Discussion will focus on meeting corporate governance requirements and building risk management into business planning. Details: Paul Smith, 0121-452 1342.

Welsh modernisation5-6 November, Cardiff

The NHS Confederation in Wales's 1998 annual general meeting and conference will look into two developments which play a part in the modernisation of the NHS in Wales: the National Assembly for Wales and clinical governance. The keynote speech will be by Welsh secretary Jon Owen Jones. Details: Conference office, 0121-414 1536.